Australia’s approach to national security is based on strong cooperative, coordinated and consultative relationships between the Australian Government, the state and territory governments and our international partners.
At any given time Australia faces challenges to our nation’s security which can put institutions of state, people, economic assets and technology at risk. These include espionage, foreign interference, terrorism, politically motivated violence, border violations, cyber attack, organised crime, natural disasters and biosecurity events.
This website provides information on counter-terrorism, the roles of Australia's national security and policing agencies, national security coordination arrangements and the national counter-terrorism plan.
The Australian Government has announced it will provide financial assistance to people affected by past acts of terrorism overseas. The Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment (AVTOP) will also apply to future acts of terrorism overseas that are declared by the Prime Minister.
The one-off payment of up to $75 000 will provide financial assistance for Australian residents who are harmed as a direct result of declared terrorist acts. Payment of up to $75 000 may be shared among eligible close family members of someone that died as a direct result of a declared terrorist act.
More information is available on the Department of Human Services website.